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Old 03-03-2013, 09:55 AM
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Re: 2014 Test Drive Reviews

So I haven't had a chance to keep up with all of these posts lately because I have been working a lot... but I test drove a Laredo yesterday! I thought Laredo's weren't available yet?

What I test drove was Laredo V6 base setup... figured I would just comment on the things that are specific to the Laredo because I agree with all other reviews on the Limited (test drove that as well) as it was freaking awesome, ESPECIALLY 20" rims and the heated steering wheel (it was freezing that day).

For the Laredo: I am surprised how much I liked the stock radio and headlights! If I could get leather in a Laredo I would heavily consider it but we cant... so I wont. THe only thing I did not like about the Laredo was the rims, they were very basic looking and forgettable. I forgot to take pics but I may be going back tomorrow or Tuesday to the area for another reason so I will take pics then if you guys want to see them.

Just a note on V6 vs V8 with 8 speed. V8 with the 8 speed can REALLY launch from a standstill or low speed! I was absolutely amazed with the grunt down low... ALMOST makes me consider it as the fuel mileage I saw on a 15-20 mile test drive with spirited driving occasionally was terrible. At most points I was driving up a slow grade to get to the highway and I saw 10mpg in the city. When I was heading down a 55mph county hwy I was seeing about 16 and when I hit the highway and really started trying to get the mpg numbers up by paying attention to throttle I was still only seeing about 17. This car was straight off the delivery truck so in no way broken in and so I imagine one or 2 mpg will be had once it is broken in. Also the V6 was "spirited" when needed but did have noticeably less torque of course. The SPORT mode is really great... made both engines shift more aggressively which I personally like.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:51 AM
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April 22nd is the supposed production date of the CRD, so we should hope that late May-June for them to be at dealerships. Yes the Lux II package has been moving, unknown why at this point (even Milous doesn't know why).

A true base Laredo (fleet vehicle) isn't supposedly going out until July 22nd. If dealers were getting these (as few have stated) then why wouldn't they have any Limited with Lux II? It just doesn't make sense. What are the sticker prices of these vehicles that they are seeing on these supposed "base" Laredos?
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April 22nd is the supposed production date of the CRD, so we should hope that late May-June for them to be at dealerships. Yes the Lux II package has been moving, unknown why at this point (even Milous doesn't know why).
So LUX II is still not available ... It says March 1 on the 1st post on ordering thread.
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So LUX II is still not available ... It says March 1 on the 1st post on ordering thread.
Lux II is showing in the system but unable to click on. April Allocation doesn't open until Tuesday so it wouldn't matter if they could do it cuz it won't take affect until March 5th. Before the date was Feb 18th, then changed to March 1st. Maybe there are part delays, no one has the answer. Just a wait and see approach.
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Lux II is showing in the system but unable to click on. April Allocation doesn't open until Tuesday so it wouldn't matter if they could do it cuz it won't take affect until March 5th. Before the date was Feb 18th, then changed to March 1st. Maybe there are part delays, no one has the answer. Just a wait and see approach.
Given the fact that Laredos will not be out until summer, I suspect that they want to force Laredo crowd in base Limited and Limited crowd into Overlands.
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The base laredo's wont be out until later this summer... But the laredo e's are out now.
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Given the fact that Laredos will not be out until summer, I suspect that they want to force Laredo crowd in base Limited and Limited crowd into Overlands.
jeep is forcing the $1700 E package(powered drivers seat) on the laredo crowd
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I got a fortune cookie the other day that said "All good things come to those with patience". With that in mind, I'm chillin' and waiting.

I think the boys at JNAP are probably dancing as fast as they can. As far as corporate decision making goes, way above my pay grade, so I try not to think about it.
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I got a fortune cookie the other day that said "All good things come to those with patience". With that in mind, I'm chillin' and waiting.
Honestly if I could, I would do that and purchase in the fall when all the dust settles ...
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Jeep isn't forcing anybody. Even July is earlier than a normal model year change. Now, if your own inpatients forces somebody to do something, that's another story.


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Jeep isn't forcing anybody. Even July is earlier than a normal model year change. Now, if your own inpatients forces somebody to do something, that's another story.


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A true base Laredo (fleet vehicle) isn't supposedly going out until July 22nd. If dealers were getting these (as few have stated) then why wouldn't they have any Limited with Lux II? It just doesn't make sense. What are the sticker prices of these vehicles that they are seeing on these supposed "base" Laredos?
Here is one listed at $30,779:
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, $30,779 - Cars.com


Edit: I don't think that a "base" Laredo.
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